Category Archives: Toronto

A Perfect Moment on the TTC

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) doesn’t really have a good reputation. The system is plagued by outdated equipment, poorly designed stations, inefficiency, and a bad reputation.  They have hired someone to turn the thing around, and I think it is … Continue reading

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What Student Notebooks Teach Us

Yesterday’s Back to School Post must still be stuck in my head because it slightly affected the my world today. I teach ESL to adults in the Toronto area.  These are not immigrants, but rather people who want/need to improve … Continue reading

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Cycling, Meeting Triathletes, and Other Encounters

Today’s Perfect Moment is a bunch of short things that I will elaborate on. After a week’s hiatus, I was back on the bike bright and early Saturday morning. It looked like it was going to rain, but luckily did … Continue reading

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Direct from Switzerland

As a teacher in a private English school, in no way associated with a school board or university, it is okay to receive gifts from students. What I mean is, these gifts are not meant to influence student placement, acceptance, … Continue reading

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New Topics of Conversation…Finally

English teachers, especially new ones, love to talk about grammar and teaching. With the summer upon us and an huge influx of teachers for the busy summer season, things can get loud in the teacher’s room.  The debates about the … Continue reading

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Yellow Was the Night

Here it is Saturday and I realize that I haven’t kept up with the perfect moments of the past few days. It isn’t like there hasn’t been any.  Mostly, and I know this thanks to my Fitbit, I have just … Continue reading

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She Would Accept a Smile

Walking from A to B and then back to A can give you two different perspectives. All the places that were on the right on the trip out would be on the left for the trip back.  You would see … Continue reading

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A Sunrise Gift

On Friday morning, not having taken the early morning bus for quite some time, I was given a beautiful surprise.  I looked up from the book I was reading, which had been quite engrossing, and was greeted by the beautiful … Continue reading

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Bloor Street by Night

The addition to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) opened in 2007.  It certainly isn’t as controversial as the pyramid is at the Louvre, but it does raise some eyebrows.  I have even heard stories of it’s effect on the exhibits … Continue reading

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A Walk Downtown

I found myself in a different part of town today. The last time I had been there it had been dark and the view, although impressive, is quite different in the daylight.  For today’s perfect moment, I just wanted to … Continue reading

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